Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the very wealthy who can benefit from estate planning law or who might want to hire an estate planning attorney. If you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and that your heirs and beneficiaries are looked after in the way you intended, a good estate planning lawyer will bring you peace of mind. Here at the State Bar Attorneys Directory, we list thousands of estate planning law firms across the United States - all of which have been screened and verified for your security.

Fisher Law LLC
121 Central St
Suite 202
Norwood, MA 2062

Meeting your estate planning, probate and elder law needs, this law firm is based in Boston, MA. Includes attorney profiles and FAQ as well as testimonials from happy clients.

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Phone(781) 821-8800

Fisher Law LLC
121 Central St
Suite 202
Norwood, MA 2062

Meeting your estate planning, probate and elder law needs, this law firm is based in Boston, MA. Includes attorney profiles and FAQ as well as testimonials from happy clients.

Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos, LLP
446 Main St
#800
Worcester, MA 1608

CHWM has a team of highly skilled attorneys with a substantial amount of knowledge and experience in our core specialty areas: litigation, business and corporate law, trusts and estates, tax law, and employment law. Our experience enables us to anticipate problems and find innovative solutions that are in the best interests of our clients. In both simple and complex cases,…

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Phone(508) 792-2800

Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos, LLP
446 Main St
#800
Worcester, MA 1608

CHWM has a team of highly skilled attorneys with a substantial amount of knowledge and experience in our core specialty areas: litigation, business and corporate law, trusts and estates, tax law, and employment law. Our experience enables us to anticipate problems and find innovative solutions that are in the best interests of our clients. In both simple and complex cases,…

Law Offices of Nelson Chang
47 Jackson St
Saugus, MA 1906

If you have recently lost a loved one or are thinking about how your family will be taken care of after you are gone, it is important to seek assistance from a lawyer who provides comprehensive estate planning services. I am attorney Nelson Chang and I can help. Estate planning is more than simply naming your heirs in a will.…

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Phone(781) 233-8200

Law Offices of Nelson Chang
47 Jackson St
Saugus, MA 1906

If you have recently lost a loved one or are thinking about how your family will be taken care of after you are gone, it is important to seek assistance from a lawyer who provides comprehensive estate planning services. I am attorney Nelson Chang and I can help. Estate planning is more than simply naming your heirs in a will.…

Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator
38 Pond Street
Suite 301
Franklin, MA 2038

As an attorney and mediator for more than 10 years, I have provided compassionate, pragmatic legal representation to individuals and families in Massachusetts. From my office in Franklin, I serve clients throughout the surrounding area of the state.

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Phone(508) 528-5122

Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator
38 Pond Street
Suite 301
Franklin, MA 2038

As an attorney and mediator for more than 10 years, I have provided compassionate, pragmatic legal representation to individuals and families in Massachusetts. From my office in Franklin, I serve clients throughout the surrounding area of the state.

Blake & Associates
45 School St
Old City Hall
Boston, MA 2108

Boston Elder Law and Estate Planning Law Firm.

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Phone(617) 723-3224

Blake & Associates
45 School St
Old City Hall
Boston, MA 2108

Boston Elder Law and Estate Planning Law Firm.

Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

When it comes to legal representation, there are no substitutes for knowledge and experience. That's what you'll find at Davidson Law Office in Bedford, Massachusetts. I'm Richard Davidson, an attorney with 30 years of experience helping clients in and out of the courtroom. My firm offers services in a variety of practice areas, including estate planning and probate, divorce and…

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Phone(781) 275-0222

Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

When it comes to legal representation, there are no substitutes for knowledge and experience. That's what you'll find at Davidson Law Office in Bedford, Massachusetts. I'm Richard Davidson, an attorney with 30 years of experience helping clients in and out of the courtroom. My firm offers services in a variety of practice areas, including estate planning and probate, divorce and…

Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

Davidson Law Office

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Phone(781) 275-0222

Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

Davidson Law Office

Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

Davidson Law Office

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Davidson Law Office
110 Great Rd
Bedford, MA 1730

Davidson Law Office

Feakes Associates
179 Great Rd
Suite 208
Acton, MA 1720

Welcome to Feakes Associates! Feakes Associates was built with the needs of growing families in mind.   We understand you are busy, your family is growing, you are planning for a life of prosperity, and you value ease, convenience and efficiency. You want to make sure your kids will be taken care of in the way you want, by the…

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Phone(978) 263-6900

Feakes Associates
179 Great Rd
Suite 208
Acton, MA 1720

Welcome to Feakes Associates! Feakes Associates was built with the needs of growing families in mind.   We understand you are busy, your family is growing, you are planning for a life of prosperity, and you value ease, convenience and efficiency. You want to make sure your kids will be taken care of in the way you want, by the…

Heritage Design Law LLC
180 Wells Avenue
Ste. 105
Newton, MA 2459

Our cohesive, personable service team at Heritage Design Law LLC in Newton, Massachusetts, provides a holistic approach to estate, business and legacy planning. We thrive on helping our clients make sound, educated decisions and create trust-based plans that work - and then maintaining those plans through optimal, timely adjustments in the future.

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Phone(617) 630-5700

Heritage Design Law LLC
180 Wells Avenue
Ste. 105
Newton, MA 2459

Our cohesive, personable service team at Heritage Design Law LLC in Newton, Massachusetts, provides a holistic approach to estate, business and legacy planning. We thrive on helping our clients make sound, educated decisions and create trust-based plans that work - and then maintaining those plans through optimal, timely adjustments in the future.

Kennan Law Offices
71 Merchants Road 6A, Unit #3
Sandwich, MA 02563

At Kennan Law Offices we assist families in examining their life goals, planning for changes, both expected and unexpected, all the while preserving wealth and protecting inheritances. We pay attention to each client's concerns and customize plans according to the needs of the individual in providing for their belongings and their loved ones. John G. Kennan, Jr., Esq. uses the… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(508) 888-7111

Kennan Law Offices
71 Merchants Road 6A, Unit #3
Sandwich, MA 02563

At Kennan Law Offices we assist families in examining their life goals, planning for changes, both expected and unexpected, all the while preserving wealth and protecting inheritances. We pay attention to each client's concerns and customize plans according to the needs of the individual in providing for their belongings and their loved ones. John G. Kennan, Jr., Esq. uses the… Unclaimed: Claim this business

The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt
160 Old Derby St
Suite 456
Hingham, MA 2043

We focus on four closely related and highly specialized areas of the law: elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and Veteran's Benefits. Our true focus, however, is on people, our valued clients, by helping them plan for the future, protect everyone they love and everything they own, and cope during times of crisis. Ultimately, we strive to provide our…

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The Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt
160 Old Derby St
Suite 456
Hingham, MA 2043

We focus on four closely related and highly specialized areas of the law: elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and Veteran's Benefits. Our true focus, however, is on people, our valued clients, by helping them plan for the future, protect everyone they love and everything they own, and cope during times of crisis. Ultimately, we strive to provide our…

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What is Estate Planning Law?

Your estate is the legal term for your property (real estate), money, and personal belongings at death. Estate planning law is concerned with the proper and legal transfer of your estate in accordance with the law and with your wishes. 

What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Do?

 

An estate planning lawyer will arrange first of all for your estate to be valued. This involves establishing the total value of everything including your property, your money including shares, investments, and savings, your possessions, including cars and jewelry, and any business interests you may have.

 

Having valued your estate, your estate planning attorney will work to establish your wishes on how those assets should be transferred after your death. They will facilitate all the required legal documents such as your will - including a living will where required. If you wish, they can also set up trusts to manage assets on behalf of one or more beneficiaries. If you have underage children, an estate planning lawyer will also handle your wishes for guardianship of your children should they be left with no surviving parent. A good estate planning attorney will also work to maximize the assets that can be passed to your beneficiaries by minimizing your tax burden. They can also help you to set up power of attorney should you lose your capacity to make decisions prior to your death, and they can assist with business succession planning too.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney?

 

The cost to hire the best estate planning lawyer for your needs will depend on the complexity of your estate and what exactly you are hoping to achieve.

 

If your affairs are relatively straightforward, you can use an estate planning attorney charging a flat fee for drawing up certain documents such as a will, a guardianship document, and power of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions.

 

If your affairs are more complex or your estate is of a high value, your estate planning lawyer will probably charge an hourly fee, which will typically range from $250-350 per hour. 

 

Undoubtedly skilled estate planning can be expensive in complex situations, but the money you spend on a good estate planning attorney will be worth it to have your legacy protected.

 

Tips for Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

Nobody likes to think about their own death, but It will save time and money if you are very clear about your wishes before you hire an estate planning attorney.

 

Before choosing a lawyer, take some time to consider exactly how you want your assets to be transferred, who your beneficiaries will be, and what other wishes you would want to see carried out after your death.

 

Once your wishes are clear in your mind, a personal recommendation is always a good way to choose an estate planning law firm. 

 

However, another good option is to use a specialist attorney directory like our State Bar Attorney Directory.

 

We list thousands of respected estate planning attorneys across the United States, and we make it easy for you to search for an estate planning law firm near you. Because you can also read reviews right here within the directory, it’s easy to narrow down the most trusted estate planning lawyers in your area.

 

It’s advisable to speak to several estate planning law firms before you make your final choice - and always get written confirmation of the expected fees and charging structure before your attorney starts work.

 

FAQ on Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

1 - Do I really need an estate planning attorney? Can’t I just write my will myself?

 

Yes, of course, you can if you wish. You can buy ready-made will templates to help you with this and if your affairs are very straightforward, this may be sufficient.

 

However, if you have young children or difficult family dynamics, or if you have business interests or multiple properties, you should consult an estate planning attorney at least in the first instance. They will advise you on how they could help, and you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to hire an estate planning lawyer.

 

The other problem with doing without an estate planning attorney is that people often just don’t get round to writing a will themselves, because, let’s face it, it’s not a fun activity, and one that we try to avoid thinking about.

 

If you die intestate - without a will - your property and assets will still be distributed to your next of kin, but this process will follow standard rules which may or may not match what you would have 

 

liked to see happen. By hiring an estate planning attorney now, you can have peace of mind for the future.

 

2 - What is power of attorney and why do I need to set it up?

 

Power of attorney is a complex area of law, but setting up power of attorney can bring great peace of mind and it is often part of the estate planning process.

 

Essentially power of attorney is a legal document in which you invest someone else (the agent) with the power to make certain decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions yourself. 

 

Typically, you might grant someone you trust, often a relative, power of attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf, and/or to make medical decisions and decisions about your care, should you become incapacitated for whatever reason.

 

A good estate planning attorney will explain the various power of attorney options to you and will set them up as required. Although you don’t have to have this safeguard in place, it does bring peace of mind that should you develop advanced dementia, for example, someone you trust will be able to take care of your interests. 

 

3 - What is a Living Will and do I need one?

 

A Living Will is a document created while you are of sound mind setting out exactly what you wish to happen to you should you be medically incapacitated or nearing the end of life. For example, it may specify the circumstances under which you would or would not wish to be resuscitated and circumstances in which you would or would not wish to receive life-sustaining treatment. It can also cover issues such as tube feeding, mechanical ventilation, and organ donation.

 

A Living Will differs from power of attorney because it directly expresses your wishes, rather than delegating those decisions to your agent.

 

Setting up a living will is a profound experience and you should consult an estate planning attorney to help guide you through the process. An estate planning lawyer will also advise you on the differences between a living will and power of attorney, and which option might be best for you.

 

You do not have to create a Living Will, but doing so would relieve the pressure on your family members should the worst happen, as they would not have to guess - and potentially disagree with one another - about what you might have wanted.

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